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Bryce and Zion Mountain Bike
Soaring red stone spires and ancient citadels of rich Navajo sandstone give way to haunting hoodoos and curving arches of rock, a geologist’s and adventurer’s dream come true. Located where the Southern Wasatch Range meets the Colorado plateau, scientists call this a “super-sequence”: a vast series of massive, high altitude islands that rise above the Four Corners region. Welcome to Utah’s Colour Country. Nonetheless scientists aren’t the only ones carried away by this area. Owing to the largest concentration of parklands in North America, plus fast, narrow trails, this is no less than a mountain biker’s paradise, as well.
- CategoryMountain Biking
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration6 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance71.5 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance11.8 miles
The rides here pack as many scenic attributes as they are fat tire fab: swift lines that wind and wend through deep Alpine meadows and Aspen forests only to spill out, in spectacular fashion, onto yawning mesas and buttes. The world-famous trails of Red Canyon’s Thunder Mountain, Cassidy and Casto Canyon, symbolize but a few of this tour’s many highlights.
At the historically remote, though internationally acclaimed 229-square mile Zion National Park, you will marvel at huge sandstone monoliths that lord over 2,000-ft. deep canyons. One hundred and fifty million years of geologic time is suspended here: the shallow seas and near-shore environs of the Mesozoic Era, or Age of the Reptiles, set in the park’s gloriously layered sandstone stacks.
At Bryce Canyon, most days afford no less than a 90-mile view to Navajo Mountain and the Kaibab Plateau, respectfully, in Northern Arizona. Though on especially clear days, the Black Mesas of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico come into view. Despite its name, Bryce is not actually technically a canyon, but rather a series of 14 magnificent amphitheatres 1,000 feet deep, each lined with rock sculptures. Stargazers will enjoy a 7.3-magnitude night sky; this means you’ll be able to see upwards of 7500 stars without a telescope! Compare that to the big city norm of maybe a few dozen.
Last but certainly not least is Brian Head. During the dry-season, Utah’s highest ski resort transitions into one of the premiere mountain bike parks anywhere. In fact, Bicycling Magazine’s reader poll placed Brian Head’s Bunker Creek trail in its top 5 American fat tire trails.
Whether you’re forever pacing the front of the pack, or at the back end, a camera deployed to capture the best imagery this Bryce-Zion tours offer something for everyone.